Many of the valley roads are ‘Twee spoor’, Afrikaans for twin-track dirt road. They wind along dry desert river beds where water hasn’t flowed for twenty years – although the trees, the living ones, still recall it’s faintest taste at the furthest reach of their roots.
Here, in the spring, wild flowers live out their short lives in bands of exuberant and surprising colours. Purples, blues, yellows, reds, oranges and white amongst which the birds of the region hover.
The Grey-backed Sparrow-lark, Trac-Trac chat, Karoo chat, singing larks, Kestrels hunting for locusts all make their home here in the arid scrub. Beyond landscapes there are some excellent opportunities for wild bird photography.